EGOless Leadership: Serve Your Way to Success

by | Jul 10, 2017 | Employee Development, Leadership

Gone are the days where leaders can rule with an iron fist and expect their employee to respond with their loyalty and productivity. Talent nowadays feel a lot less like they owe their organizations something, when they don’t get something in return. Talent want to feel empowered and enabled to do a good job to the best of their ability. They want to feel like they have the skills and competencies to help their colleagues and customers.

Leave Your Ego at the Door

What would it look like in your organization if your leaders were egoless? Think about it, if you’re a leader who leaves their ego at the door, you’re going to have a more pleasant, less confrontational work environment. You’re going to have better, more open communication because your talent won’t be afraid to tell you about problems that get in the way of their service. You’re going to have more employee engagement because they want to serve a leader who cares about them and not just him/herself.

There are many reason why being an egoless leader will have benefits for your organization and it’s bottom line including, increased productivity, better safety, improved morale, and improved word of mouth from both your employees and customers.

How to Serve Your Way to Success

If you are truly committed to leaving your ego at the door and serving your way to success in business, there are some helpful things that will help you to get there:

Focus on your employees needs and wants. Get to know your people beyond the job they do and find out what motivates them. Do they want opportunities to learn and grow in a certain position? Provide them with development and they will be more engaged, energized and committed to your company’s success.

Recognize your employees for a job well done. This is not a one size fits all approach, and you absolutely cannot pollute the winner’s circle with losers. But recognize each individual employee for their personal contribution to your company’s success. When you do so, others will see these behaviors being recognized and will follow suit. Plus, it reinforces a positive, reward driven work environment where your employees will be acknowledged for doing good work.

Provide one-on-one coaching to see employees excel. If you give your employees personalized feedback and direction, you will be able to play upon their strengths and improve their weaknesses. It’s important to communicate openly and effectively with them so that they know what your expectations are and how they can meet and exceed them.

Discussion

These are just a few ways that being an egoless leader will help you serve your way to success.

  • Do you have any examples of an egoless leader in your organization? How are their interactions with employees different than other leaders?
  • What are some ways that you have seen improvement in your employees by being an egoless leader?
  • Do you have any guidelines you follow for being an egoless leader? Please share in the comments below!
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Jennifer Budinsky

Director, Marketing Communications at Global Engagement Solutions
Jennifer Budinsky is the Director of Marketing Communications for Global Engagement Solutions whose mission is to help companies create engaging employee and customer experiences. Prior to joining GES Jennifer was the Communications and Marketing Manager at Green Living Enterprises, Canada’s leading cause marketing and event agency. She has a Master of Arts in Communication and Social Justice, and Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication, Media and Film. She resides in Toronto, Ontario and spends her free time working as an actress on various television and film projects. Jennifer is an ambassador for encouraging people to create exceptional experiences in every aspect of their lives, from work to home to play!